Posted: 19.10.2021 10:17:00

Belarus’ Foreign Ministry comments on French Ambassador departure

The departure of the appointed Ambassador of France, Nicolas De Lacoste, from Belarus was a forced measure, said the Foreign Ministry’s press secretary, Anatoly Glaz – as reported by Belarus’ Foreign Ministry

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“True, according to the information we have, he’s left our country. Mr. De Lacoste came to Belarus in November 2020 as the appointed Ambassador of France and presented copies of his credentials to Belarus’ Foreign Minister in December 2020. However, subsequently, the Head of the French diplomatic mission failed to demonstrate readiness to complete the procedure of taking office as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Belarus – as envisaged by international law and generally recognised practice,” Mr. Glaz explained.

“In this regard, we were forced to inform our French partners that the consent to his appointment issued earlier by the Belarusian authorities expired,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Belarus to France, Igor Fisenko, was recalled to Minsk for consultations.

“We sincerely regret this stance of our French colleagues. We would like to emphasise that the this was a natural but forced measure on our part. We would like the both diplomatic missions to function at full capacity,” the press secretary concluded.